SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – During the regular season, the only conference losses No. 1 seed University of New England and No. 2 seed Endicott had were against each other. They will have a chance to break that tie on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. when they meet in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Championship.
UNE scored a goal late in regulation to tie their semifinal matchup against No. 4 seed Western New England at 1-all and force overtime. In the extra period, the Nor'easters scored the game-winner to earn their fifth straight trip to the Championship match seeking their fourth straight title. Endicott was in control of its semifinal pulling ahead of No. 3 seed Salve Regina with four goals in the first half. They added another in the second stanza and went on to win 5-1.
If the regular season is any indication, the CCC Championship could be a long one as both regular-season matchups went beyond regulation. Endicott took the first meeting between the two teams, 2-1, but needed overtime to do so. Later in the year with the Nor'easters playing host, they played to a 1-1 tie through two overtime periods. UNE emerged victorious on a shootout.
Saturday will be the fourth time the Gulls and Nor'easters matchup in the Championship with the most recent meeting coming in 2015.
The winner of the title contest will be named the 2017 CCC Field Hockey Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2017 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.
#1 University of New England 2, #4 Western New England 1 – OT
BIDDEFORD, Maine - Top-seeded University of New England received a goal from Kendra MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) 6:47 into overtime to finish off a 2-1 comeback victory over No.4 Western New England University in the semifinals of the 2017 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Championship on Wednesday evening (Nov. 1) at the Big Blue Turf.
Game recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
#2 Endicott 5, #3 Salve Regina 1
BEVERLY, Mass. – The second-seeded Endicott field hockey team scored three straight goals to begin the contest and never looked back in an eventual 5-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament semifinal round victory over No. 3 Salve Regina on Wednesday night at North Field.
Endicott wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Sophia Cogliano (Saugus, Mass.) buried a feed from Jaylin Grabau (Lynnfield, Mass.) just 2:48 into the contest. Emily Hirtle (Rowley, Mass.) and Grabau followed with tallies over the next 15:22 to put enough distance between the two teams the rest of the way.
Salve Regina's Tori Bickel (Harleysville, Pa.) did eventually answer with her 13th tally of the year at 30:45, but Cogliano took away any momentum from the Seahawks with her 25th goal of the season 1:09 later. Bushey then went on to cap the scoring at the 58:47 mark of the contest on a feed from Cogliano to end any chance of a comeback bid by Salve Regina.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Taylor Farrin (Danvers, Mass.) stopped a career-high 16 shots to push her record to 16-3 overall.
- Endicott is now 23-4 in the all-time series versus Salve Regina.
- Cameron Molinare (Simsbury, Conn.) notched a single-game, career-high three defensive saves.
- The Gulls are now 10-1 at home this season.
FOR THE FOES
- Jessie Severino (Branford, Conn.) made 12 saves in the loss (10-8).
- Salve Regina outperformed Endicott in penalty corners, 14-9.
Game recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
CCC FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Semifinals – Wednesday, Nov. 1
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 4
#2 Endicott at #1 University of New England, 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.